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Thiruvananthapuram: A secretary-level committee has recommended to increase the direct recruitment to Kerala Administrative Service (KAS) to two third of the total appointments from the next notification. Currently, one third of the vacancy has been reserved for direct recruitment.
One third of the seats are accorded for first gazetted officers while the rest have been reserved for the non-gazetted section. The committee has recommended unifying the appointments of gazetted and non gazetted posts by reshuffling the posts and constituting it for one third of the appointments.
The secretary-level committee is presided over by the Additional Chief Secretary of Finance department. The committee has been formed to examine the recommendations of 11th Pay Commission. The committee has approved the suggestions of the Pay Commission to raise direct appointment to KAS.
The state government has to amend the special act for giving nod to the recommendations. The Public Service Commission can release a notification only after this.
The procedures of recruitment to the first batch of KAS have been completed in November 2021 and PSC has decided to release the second notification in December 2022. However, it could be delayed if the government amends the existing act.
Govt employees may protest
A huge protest may erupt if the recommendations of the secretary-level committee gets approved. The posts set aside for promotions were included in the KAS. Then the government had assured the employees that a considerable number of KAS posts will be reserved for recruitments through reshuffling and promotions. Hence, the Service unions opined that the decision to cut short vacancies other than KAS direct appointments will be a step that betrays the government employees.
Composition of first batch
Out of the total 105 persons recruited by KAS, 35 were directly recruited while the remaining 70 appointments were made through reshuffling posts. All of them were appointed through PSC examination.
The appointees who complete 8 years of service in KAS and have prescribed qualification will be granted the rank of IAS.